EFF Julius Malema has threatened to leave South Africa and never return, if the worse ever happens. He was addressing the press about his concerns about the country and its institutions.
“Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the judges of this country carries South Africa on their shoulders. Often, it is the Bench which stands between South Africa and disaster – given the current state of the executive and legislative authorities, the judiciary is the only authority which functions properly. If the courts become politicised, this country is finished,” Malema warned grimly at a press conference on Sunday afternoon.
In a lighter vein, he added: “Then I move to Mozambique”.
At the press conference at the EFF’s national congress, which it calls the National People’s Assembly, at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, Malema denied accusations that he was a dictator.
Journalists contended that some in the EFF believe he is shaping the EFF in his image, just like – so these critics apparently claim – he did with the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) when, in turn, he was leader of each.
“My leadership positions were often challenged democratically, and I won those elections. I am often elected unopposed because people realise that I work very hard – even those who hate me and those who did not want me, had to admit that.
“I know I come from nothing. When I was a child, I stayed in my grandmother’s yard with my mother. An epileptic single parent whose job was to clean other people’s houses. I worked myself up by myself, without help, thanks to my ability to work the ground politically and to understand politics (not on the level of those clowns who use Twitter to put their political views across) and the fact that no politician works harder than I,” Malema explained.
“I have been written off by journalists so many times; there is no shortage of press obituaries about my political career. But here I still sit with you today. It is like this VBS thing – your imaginations are misleading you,” he claimed.